Denise Gurin has been tapped VP of film and head film buyer of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Regal Cinemas, the third-ranked domestic circuit with nearly 2,100 screens.
Gurin, who currently is Mann Theatres senior VP of film and marketing, will assume her new post by late September, according to sources.
The appointment ends a month of speculation in theatrical distribution and exhibition circles about who would fill the key position, which was vacated when Judd Parker ankled to Boston-based Hoyts Cinemas.
Regal execs could not be reached for comment.
No decision has been made concerning a successor to Gurin, according to Mann president and CEO Charles Goldwater.
Goldwater said candidates from inside and outside the company would be considered. Two film buyers at Mann reported directly to Gurin: Alan Davy and Dan Albright.
Gurin was promoted to her current post in January. She joined Mann in 1992 and was promoted to head film buyer in 1994.
Before going to Mann, Gurin was senior vp, head film buyer of the West division for AMC Film Marketing, where she had been since 1983. Prior to AMC, she worked for 11 years at United Artists and MGM/UA,
Under the helm of chairman and president Michael Campbell, 8-year-old Regal has undergone an ambitious expansion program, most recently announcing plans to acquire the 643-screen Cobb Theaters circuit for an estimated $200 million (Daily Variety, June 12).
The company also has announced plans to build an additional 900 screens by 2000.